August 17, 2016

Cotton is a key livelihood source for many farmers in West Africa, with the region representing one of the most important sources of cotton exports in the world.  In the “C-4” countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali), cotton provides 3 percent to 10 percent of the national gross domestic product. Grown in rotation with cereals and legumes, cotton represents the primary source of income for many farmers in a region characterized by food insecurity. The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Cotton Competitiveness (UCC) Activity is a new partnership that aims to address these challenges.

July 14, 2016

Accra, Ghana – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced a five-year program, SERVIR West Africa. This program will promote the use of satellite imagery to help improve the West Africa region’s resilience, to lessen negative impacts of climate change, to ensure that land use management is sustainable, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the onset of this program, West Africa becomes part of the Global SERVIR network, which includes Eastern and Southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region, and the Mekong River Basin.

Emptying the tarp after weighing the cotton harvest
June 29, 2016

Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) today announced a new partnership to advance the UEMOA Cotton Agenda for a more productive and competitive cotton sector in West Africa.

June 27, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), and the Industrial Promotion Services of West Africa (IPS(WA)) announce a groundbreaking and innovative public-private partnership that will promote telemedicine to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

June 8, 2016

The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development Program (STEWARD), a joint initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Forest Service International Program in conjunction with the Mano River Union, is coming to an end after successfully working to improve natural resources management in the Upper Guinean Tropical Forest since 2007. STEWARD has helped to build a constituency for forest conservation and strengthen sustainable livelihoods in trans-boundary priority zones in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire.


Last updated: September 28, 2016

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